What do I do at the end of a session?
- At the end of the day when you get back to your room, start off by taking a nice warm shower to clean your body and relax the muscles from being in a chair all day.
Then focus on the swelling. You should expect swelling and redness to be directly related to the amount of work we did.
Since the face swells the most and the upper lip most of all, please be prepared to spend the first night applying cold to the face for 15 minutes followed by a 10-minute break. Continue alternating with the cold pack throughout the evening. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended dose and schedule of ibuprofen, unless you have been instructed otherwise by any doctor, to reduce the swelling.
When it comes time to sleep, sleep in an inclined position. You may need to ask for additional pillows from the front desk of the hotel in order to be supported and comfortable throughout the night.
What are the after-effects of electrolysis?
- Injections of lidocaine seem to scare some clients much more than they actually should. Usually, the fear of it is far worse than the actual event. We often work through previously numbed areas to make it as painless as possible. We honestly care about you and hope it shows.
Swelling: Swelling is normal and is directly related to how much work was done. The first clearings will cause the most swelling. This is especially true of the upper lip because the number of hairs being treated is the most ever, and the upper lip is not attached to the bone underneath, so it can swell like a balloon. This is why we recommend that you stay up and keep cold on it for the first night while taking an anti-inflammatory such as 200mg of ibuprofen every 6 hours. The swelling on the first morning after we treat the upper lip is as big as it gets, and if you do your homework, it will be much better than if you just let it go. If you do not do your homework as suggested you may wake up to a baboon in the mirror. This is NOT the end of the world, however, nor is it permanent, but allowing the swelling to go unchallenged will make the recovery period much longer. If you take care as we ask, you can expect the swelling to last about 3-4 days after the first clearing, and less after the others.
Redness: Redness is part of normal inflammation. It is actually pinkness and it diminishes each day. Just how many days it will last varies a lot from person to person, but here are some things that may help predict the duration. The more work we do, the longer it may last. The fairer-skinned a person is, the longer it may last. The more weathered the skin has been, the longer it may last. The first few clearings are the most work, so the redness may last between a few days to a few weeks. From then on, it is much less of an issue.
What can I put on my skin during the healing process?
- We recommend you not apply any make-up astringents, alcohol, harsh soaps or cleansers or deep scrubs for at LEAST 3 days – longer if the area is still healing. Please keep in mind that almost any foreign substance that is introduced to your skin while in the healing process will likely only delay it and you run the risk of infection. We recommend using products with ba repair ingredients
that would repair and moisturize the skin.
- Protective emollient ingredients protect your barrier from damage, allowing your skin to repair the damaged lipid layer through the cell renewal process
- Products that contain lipid components can help to supplement the missing components in damaged skin
- A serum with humectant ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and glycerine attract water into the corneocytes
- Occlusive ingredients such as beeswax provide a physical barrier; sealing moisture into the tissues whilst preventing water loss
- Sebum-identical ingredients such as jojoba and squalane that are found in human sebaceous secretions act as lubricants on the skin’s surface, giving it a smooth appearance.
- Take a warm shower DAILY- use a MILD soap. This helps to open pores and clean the skin.
- Care for areas treated as you would a sunburn- use zinc oxide to reduce redness and add moisture to the skin.
- Use a WRAPPED ice pack- 20 min on and 20 min off. Never place ice directly to the skin!
- Remember that the area around the mouth may swell more than other areas treated- This is normal.
- Sleep with your head elevated- This helps to reduce swelling.
- Gently remove any dried yellow fluid from your pores that may appear with a warm wet washcloth- DO NOT PICK. This is normal and will clear up.
- Take the recommended dose of ibuprofen to reduce swelling and relieve discomfort.
- Eat well, stay hydrated and get rest!
- NO sunning for 72 hours.
- NO makeup for at 72 hours.
- NO abrasive or alcohol-based facial products (scrubs, toners, etc.) for at least 2 weeks.
- NO Neosporin or similar products- care for areas, treat it like a sunburn, not a wound.
- DO NOT PICK treated areas!! Allow the skin to recover on its own.
- Treatment of ingrown hairs may create a scab-like covering. DO NOT remove- let the skin heal naturally.
** Redness, Swelling, Skin discoloration and peeling may occur after treatment and may last up to 6 weeks. Some bruising may occur due to injections. **